God’s Work. Our Hands. 

Serving Our Congregation Members and the Community

Are you wishing you could help during these unusual times?  CtK’ers have expressed a desire to help out, so here are some ways that you can do that:

  1. Email Pastor Tim (or call him at 970-426-9681) to let him know that you are willing to reach out to a CtK member or family who is not able to attend worship or Zoom. Your phone call, greeting card or drive-by visit may be just what they need.
  2. We have been posting in the Scribe ways to help each of our local ministries. You may call them directly to see exactly what they might need at the time you are ready to serve.  It might be making a casserole and delivering it to the VOA Community Shelter, or helping out with a clean-up project, or helping Manna or the Food Bank or VOA get just the right items at the grocery store to support their needs.  All these groups have experienced serious demands on their services, and funding sources are not as strong as prior to the pandemic and the resulting economic impacts in our community.

If you want to chat further about some ideas and opportunities, please feel free to connect with Jigger Staby at mailto:jpstaby@msn.com.

Jigger Staby

Social Ministry

 A Note from Housing Solutions of SW Colorado, One of Our Local Ministry Partners

“Since 2014, CEAC (Community Emergency Assistance Coalition) has provided $911,000 in emergency assistance to 1,278 households.  We want to say ‘Thank You’ to our donors who helped us to address a high level of need since COVID-19 began.  The additional funds infused into our work has been extremely important for local families through COVID-19.  For over 20 years, CEAC has provided a single point of entry for emergency assistance to households in La Plata and San Juan Counties.  COVID-19 donors include:

The Rocky Mountain Health Foundation

The Colorado Trust


SW Community Foundation

CERF (Community Emergency Relief Fund)

St. Columba Parish

The River Church

Christ the King Lutheran Church

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

Ballantine Family Fund

Anita Cohen

The Colorado COVID Relief Fund

Founding members of the coalition include United Way, La Plata County Department of Human Services, LPEA Round-Up Foundation, Housing Solutions for the Southwest, Salvation Army, and Volunteers of America

Thank you to our congregation for supporting this effort to help those with emergency needs. We appreciate your support of the Social Ministry budget, those of you who contribute on your own, and those who use the LPEA Round-Up program. You make a difference for so many families in La Plata County.

Jigger Staby

Social Ministry

Christmas Is Coming!  

Once again, the Social Ministry team would like to share with you a reminder about “alternative giving.”  Covid-19 has caused such worldwide havoc, that this year, more than ever, we ask you to consider donating to an organization in honor of the person who would normally receive a gift from you.

This year, because we are unable to gather in-person for worship, we will also not be able to pick up a copy of the ELCA’s Good Gift catalog normally found in our Welcome Center.  However, we do have the website – ELCA.org/goodgifts or the toll free number – 1 800-638-3522 so you can still shop at home safely.

Save this date!  “Colorado Gives Day” is Tuesday, December 8, 2020 and features a one-million-dollar Incentive Fund.  This is powered by the Community First Foundation and presented and supported by First Bank.  Every nonprofit receiving a donation on “Colorado Gives Day” will also receive a portion of the fund, thus increasing the impact and value of every dollar that you have donated.  Find your favorite nonprofits here:



Renate Widder

Social Ministry